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Mato Kosyk in America (by R. Dalitz and G. Stone)

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R. Dalitz and G. Stone, "Mato Kosyk in America," Letopis 24 (February 1977): 42-79. .See also: http://www.archive.org/details/PetsJanasnimskiRolandMartienglishAndGeraldStoneenglish.2003; http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/maney/sla/2006/00000012/00000001/art00002; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mato_Kosyk; http://www.mato-kosyk.de/engl/bio-e.htm.From wikipedia: "Mato Kosyk (June 18, 1853 - November 22, 1940) was a Sorbian poet and minister. He was born in Werben, Prussia, emigrated from Lower Lusatia to the United States, and died in Albion, Oklahoma. ... Mato Kosyk's work is predominantly lyrical, and includes very little prose. His poems are concentrated around the Christian faith, which Kosyk generally connected to nature in general and Lusatia in particular. The latter is the equivalent of the homeland, of the Heimat, and is contrasted with the foreign. Kosyk identifies this through the Sorbian language, which on the one hand combines beauty and vulnerability and on the other hand has to battle against imminent extinction. Kosyk used both classical form as well as rhyming forms taken from folk culture for his poems. His preference was for the hexameter form. For example, his "The Sorbian Wedding in the Spreewald" consists of nearly 2,000 hexameters. Hexameters are also used in "The Crucified" and Helestupjenje Jezusa Kristusa ("The Descent of Jesus Christ to Hell")."


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